Monday, May 28, 2018

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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It took us a full twelve hours to get from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur...woof.  A one hour taxi ride, five hours in the airport due to a major flight delay, the two hour flight, a one hour time difference, and another one hour taxi, how we dislike transfer days!

We bought our taxi ticket at the haggling and no touts, visited an ATM and got a SIM card for the phone...$15 for 60 GB of service for a month.  The $18 taxi ride was pleasant and took us right to the front door of our apartment building where we were met by our charming host Helmi who escorted us up to the apartment and showed us around.  This was what we say when we first entered the unit.

We settled in, let our bag explode and got a great night's sleep.  In the morning we really appreciated what our $36 Airbnb had to offer.  Kuala Lumpur looks like San Francisco...lots of hills, cable cars, and modern.  Clean air, pleasant people, and a bit cooler...even though we are on the Equator.  We enjoyed a lazy morning before heading out for breakfast.  Our goal is that big tower in the photo above, a bit of wandering around, some grocery shopping and then it is Sunday night and great TV.

We set out on foot and headed toward that towering landmark.  On the way we stopped at a local restaurant for a late breakfast--got our fill for $4 each and continued our walk.  Our first stop was the canopy walk through the central park.  A climb up one tower led to a series of suspended bridges that allowed us to cruise the top of the canopy, see a few cool birds and enjoy the descriptive placards about the various trees.  The treetop stroll ended at the base of the tower.

 The Malaysian flag.

 The views from the top were grand.  We could see the entire city in 360.
 The new "tall" building.

 National Mosque
 Our apartment.  the church steeple is pointing to our unit in the tan colored
 Petronas Twin Towers - seen in just about any movie that has Malaysia as a location.
 Street markets.

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